One Summer's Night by Kiley Dunbar

Published August 23, 2023

One Summer's Night by Kiley Dunbar

Book info

  • Title One Summer's Night
  • Author Kiley Dunbar
  • Year 2019
  • Genre Romance

Kelsey Anderson is stuck in a rut so big, she’ll need a 4-wheel drive to get out. She’s just been made redundant from her dead-end job, and boyfriend Fran is so busy climbing up the career ladder that he’s forgotten how to have fun. She needs to change her life – and fast. Stumbling across an advert for tour guides in Stratford-Upon-Avon seems like the perfect way to bring the sunshine back. In an impulsive move, she moves from her small Scottish village to Shakespeare’s birthplace, armed only with a suitcase and her battered copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Kelsey quickly falls in love with the place, her job as a tourist guide allowing her to explore every inch of the picture-perfect town, from cosy cafes to the picturesque banks of the river. But it’s not just the town that captures her heart, as she finds herself torn between the actors Will and Jonathan who both vie for her affections. But will beautiful Peony, the lead actress at the Oklahoma theatre company where Jonathan is playing Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, play a role in keeping Kelsey and Jonathan apart? Or will flirtatious, charming Will, the fellow tour guide who has set his sights on Kelsey, keep the star-crossed lovers from finding their happy ending?


I think this must have been a free Apple book of the week, as I’m not sure it would have been my first choice otherwise. I was a bit skeptical going in, and whilst I do admit the writing style wasn’t quite my cup of tea, I sort of got swept up in the story and wanted to know what was going to happen. If you like Stratford, Shakespeare and the romance of the bard, you’ll enjoy it. The only unforgivable thing is mis-spelling Dame Judi’s name!

Rating: 2 / 5

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